The Best of Wallpaper Art: Fantastic Visions


De Gourney’s Kiso Mountains on statue india tea paper. Natalie Dinham Photography. Styling by Tara Craig. The preeminent UK based house of design De Gournay was established by collector & businessman Claud Cecil Gurney in 1986.







Ellie Cashman, creative contemporary visionary super optic wallpaper…..



Did you know that wallpaper is a treasury of artistic talent, beauty, innovation, national craft tradition as well as historic information & contemporary imagination?

Pierre FreyOne of the most well regarded decor houses, Pierre Frey’s  Braquenié line includes this astonishing edition Toiles de Jouy, a vibrantly bold modern rendition of historical models from “antique documents.”




Spectacularly mesmerizing as always, & truly narrative: De Gournay’s Early Views of India, paille colorway on crystal grey scenic paper

I have always been mad about artisan made wallpaper since I first lived in a Victorian home that amazingly had its original nineteenth century wallpaper adorning the beautifully appointed parlor. A silver ground seemed a celestial sky for a collection of pheasants, birds, imaginary plants, winding vines, butterflies & peonies in dark greens, blues. I spent many hours staring at the patterns, wondering at the detail. My mother, a master of decor took on the power of this bold wallpaper effortlessly, accepting that as is the case of all art wallpaper, you work with it, not against it. It is the centerpiece, it is the greatest piece in your collection.

In my search for more information about this work of art, I only found reference to it, which was a sadly an uninformed woman saying she just took it down in her home. 

Wallpaper offers both a grand & intimate scale for imagination of talented contemporary designers, emerging artists and a number of high end famous interior design houses, many of whom date to the 19th century & specialize in handmade historic patterns & creative reinterpretations of tradition. 



De Gournay perfection: feast your eyes on the famously beautiful Badminton design on 12 Carat white gold gilded paper. Premiere artwork tier collectible home interiors, wonderfully contrasted with worn wood bench, modern & chinoiserie accents. Photography by Dan Marshall.





This exquisite hand painted De Gournay wallpaper Jardinieres Citrus Trees is hand painted on custom silver metallic Xuan Paper Photography by Marc & Sunna Van Praag



De Gournay is one of the most famous wallpaper producers, breathtaking green is scattered with vignettes, peonies & botanical wonders. The signature style is contrasting colors paired with the highest technical craftsmanship. Hand painted custom wallpapers, furnishings, porcelain exquisite to behold.


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An example of Pierre Frey‘s beautiful reimagining of historic style, this print is called Imperatrice Eugenie.Celeste green is a delicately transparent hue, a perfect canvas for richly inscribed flowers in antique colors.


Established in 1935, the French House of Luxury Design Pierre Frey builds on the considerable artistic traditions of France & houses a remarkable archive of documents about creative patterns and decor. While many lines are in fact based in part on historic leitmotifs, the company in fact, also possesses a very contemporary approach. Brands include Braquenié, Fadini Borghi, & Boussa. In this picture, we see a selection from the famous Braquenié, style or old nobility including patterns from 18th & 19th century France. This house was established in 1823, and is world renown & became part of Pierre Frey in the 1990s.


The Imperatrice Eugenie series combines the artistic traditions of the east with a modern sense of the Second Empire aesthetic. The fascinating Pierre Frey site has a full glossary of terms in English & includes engaging histories such as the story of the design: “A fabric version of this exquisite pattern was used in the restoration of the Petit Trianon in Versailles to decorate one of the bedrooms. This was a favorite place for the Empress Eugenie, who worshipped Marie-Antoinette.”

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Pierre Frey Le Palais Imperial, an exotic composition of perfect vignettes printed on a mica ground, richly bright color recalls the fanfare of the arts of the great caliphates, gardens with courtiers, deer, butterflies & birds.


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La Grande Voliere Tropical lush beauty shines in this Pierre Frey design that combines wood block prints with luxurious Asian inspired decorative palettes.


There is such intensity & power to a black background, so regal. This is from  Misha wallpaper is an Italian design company inspired by Chinese decorative traditions. Misha is contemporary  & historic, truly artistic hand made patterns in stunning palettes. A favorite of mine, & so many clients.



Misha Wallpaper’s vibrant green decorated doors…



De Gournay blues in traditional home. ‘Portman’ design on custom blue Edo painted silk. Styled by Tara Craig. Photography by Natalie Dinham.




De Gournay’s fresh & ornate St. Laurent design on custom turquoise Edo tea paper,  De Gournay’s Chinoserie Collection. Photography by Mariam Medvedeva.


De Gourney hand-painted Jardinieres Citrus Trees on Custom Blue Green Williamsburg Interiors by Di’Zai’n, Hong Kong




Daydream Blue by Julia Rothman, screen printed by hand, Hygge and West. 



Piña wallpaper in Sunset by Aimée Wilder 




Amalfi Black from Swedish wallpaper company William Sandberg










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